What to know for 2022 horse racing season at Ruidoso Downs

The annual horse racing meet at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino is upon us.

As is tradition, the opening of the meet begins on Memorial Day weekend with racing Friday through Monday.

Throughout the summer, racing will typically take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Closing weekend, which will be the Labor Day holiday weekend, the season will end with the annual, $3 million, 440-yard All-American Futurity for 2-year-old quarter horses races. There will be 47 race dates in total.

Opening weekend

On Friday and Saturday there will be 15 trials each for the Ruidoso Futurity finals. On Sunday there will be 10 trials for the Ruidoso Derby.

The five fastest horses from Friday’s races and the five fastest horses from Saturday will qualify for the Ruidoso Futurity. The 10 fastest horses Sunday will qualify for the Ruidoso Derby.

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